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Thursday May 16, 2019. 12:42 AM
Over the years that I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve spent a lot of time in shops and in forums, and I’ve heard some really stupid or uninformed opinions. I thought I’d share some of the juicy ones. Tonewood Makes All the Difference in the World Well… kind of… I realize...
Form Factor Audio is expanding their line of bass amps with the Bi1000Di, which builds upon their 1,000-watt flagship Bi1000. The new model retains many of the same features with some key differences in the direct output department.
Wednesday May 15, 2019. 09:30 PM
Damian recently had a conversation with a student who wasn't feeling inspired musically. Damian asked him what he was listening to, and discovered the problem was a lack of exposure to new ideas and music. So he wrote this week's column in response to that.
Usually, when we share a video with Jack Stratton involved, he has Joe Dart by his side. But the man can play bass (among many other instruments). In this clip, Jack joins Scary Pockets for their take on The Beatles’ “Come Together.”
Former Deep Purple bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes is postponing his upcoming UK tour due to illness. A press release states the cause of the postponement will be treated and he should be touring again next month.
Mattoverse Electronics has once again updated its Drone Tone pedal with the MkIII version. The pedal is a drone synthesizer that delivers “brutal buzzing, blatant beeping, [and] raucous rhythmic pulses.”
Tuesday May 14, 2019. 09:30 PM
After resisting the streaming movement for several years, King Crimson’s entire studio discography is now available on Apple Music and will be available on Spotify in June.
WATCH: Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier never ceases to amaze us. In this clip, he performs an arrangement of The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” on too many instruments to count (including double and electric basses) and multiple vocal tracks.
Truth be told, I’m a huge reverb fan. I’ve been using my trusty TC Electronic Hall of Fame for a few years now, and it has never let me down. But that said, I only dial in enough reverb to help grease the wheels and smooth out potential harshness. And I always use a...
Guitar whiz Jimmy Herring has created a new band called The 5 of 7 that revolves around Atlanta-based musicians who were connected with the late Col. Bruce Hampton. Bassist Kevin Scott is part of the lineup.
[update May 14th 2019] After listening to music for so many years, there is one thing I have realized when it comes down to feeling the emotion from a guitar performance. Almost every time, the most passionate blues solos that make the hair on the back of my neck stand up...
In celebration of our 10 year anniversary this month, we’re taking a look back at some of the most popular features in our history. Here are the top 10 bass player interviews so far.
Monday May 13, 2019. 09:30 PM
This week we have two basses of the week, although they are the mirror reflection of each other. Hayden Lassila of Lassila Guitars calls the model the Antipode. With one right-handed and one left-handed version, the bass lives up to its name.
I know this video is supposed to be a major showcase for guitarist Joscho Stephan, but I love what bassist Stefan Berger is doing in this performance. In this clip, Joscho’s trio covers Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” (and more Hendrix goodness.)
Summary: This has all the classic, balanced mojo of a J-45, but in a thinner, “jumbo” body. And though some might consider it heresy that it’s a cutaway, having reasonably easy access to the upper frets makes it so nice for playing solos. Pros: Fantastic, classic J-45 tone...
French bassist Shob has followed up 2017’s “Karma Obscur” with a new album called “Solide.” The diverse album is described as mostly influenced by Afro Beat with funk and fusion elements.
It’s been 20 years since Incubus released their wildly popular album “Make Yourself,” and they’re celebrating the occasion with a four-month-long tour.
Sunday May 12, 2019. 09:30 PM
Joyo has introduced the MA-10 series of dual-channel portable amps. The lineup has three models, including the MA-10B for bass, that each have two channels, a headphone output, and a five-inch off-frequency speaker.
Gary Clark Jr. visited NPR last month for their “Tiny Desk Concert” series. Backed by bassist Johnny Bradley, the band performed a three-song set of epic goodness.
Amon Amarth has returned with their eleventh studio album, called “Berserker.” While the effort is not a full concept album like their last recording, “Jomsviking,” the lyrical content once again draws on Viking lore.
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